DUTIES CHARGEABLE ON VEHICLES in St. Vincent and The Grenadines (SVG)
Please note that duties were increased in 2012 and the following duties are not applicable but given as a base to give an estimate of possible cost.
TEMPORARY IMPORTATION in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)
Motor vehicles imported temporarily with a view to re-exportation, are required to meet such conditions as stated in Section 67 of Act # 14 /99. Potential importers requiring this service may contact the Assistant Comptroller Technical Division at the Customs Department for assistance.
Custom Clearance of Imported Vehicles in ST. Vincent and the Grenadines
USED VEHICLE BOUGHT DIRECTLY FROM A SUPPLIER ABROAD
This category consists mainly of transactions processed through the internet. As a means of speeding up the verification process, it is recommended that clients maintain all correspondences, payments, e-mails, pictures etc. on the vehicle to be presented to Customs on its arrival. This information may also be presented prior to the arrival of the vehicle.
USED VEHICLES BOUGHT PREVIOUSLY, USED FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, ANDREMAINING IN POSSESSION UP TO TIME OF IMPORTATION
An invoice will not normally be available unless the importer had it in safekeeping at the time. It is therefore necessary for an appraisal of the value to be made utilizing a fallback method under Section 2 (4) of the Second Schedule of Act # 14/99.
The value that is arrived at is normally based on previously determined customs values with adjustments for factors such as depreciation and general condition. Statistical information pertaining to vehicles of similar age and condition may be used to assist in determining a value for customs purposes.
Duty Free Concession in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Duty free concession on motor vehicles are granted by the government of St.Vincent and the Grenadines for the following:
Vincentian nationals who have been living outside of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for a period of ten (10) years or more and are preparing to permanently relocate to their country may import a vehicle of their choice (not including heavy trucks,) and receive seventy-five percent waiver of the import duty and consumption tax. Customs service charge of 4% of C.I.F is payable. If the imported vehicle is more than four years old, then a vehicle surcharge is also payable. (See rates on last page). The concession is limited to one vehicle per household. Returning nationals wishing to benefit under this scheme may do so by applying to the Comptroller of Customs and Excise. Application forms can be obtained from the Secretariat at Customs House.
Customs Valuation of Imported Vehicles in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
The Customs Valuation Branch will examine the documents to see whether the Customs Valuation methods have been properly applied and are consistent with the Valuation Laws of the Second Schedule of Act #14 of 1999. Normally the transaction value method will be used i.e. the invoice price along with the addition of other charges such as handling and freight.
If there is any doubt as to the value declared by the importer, the Customs may make request for additional information in accordance with Section 3 (7) of the Second Schedule of Act#